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Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 8:00pm EST
. >> which is where i met mr. mandela when i was with jesse jackson. >> what was that like. >> this is a man whose mind is so sharp. in that in his voice, hello. are you happy to see me today. i said i am sir, i am here to see you today. he was eating breakfast, and reading newspapers in four different languages. reading in zulu, reading in english, it was really remarkable. how sharp his mind was, if i can only be that sharp at that age. >> clearly, when i look at a picture like that of you, and this group that had come to see nelson mandela. >> his life was pretty great then. >> obviously, you weren't around when a lot of the bad things happen. >> you are showing my age, john. i think yo are showing my life. as i mentioned to you elier, this was very symbolic especially because he is from a tribe i guess what i was getting at with the age thing there are certain people that really didn't experience the civil rights movement in the united states. they see this as a landscape of opportunity, and there is room for growth. and so i knew about that, as a young person, in the 90's and i grew up
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 7:00pm EST
mrs. mandela. there were a huge crowds here, more than 100,000 people, there was a huge parade. a lot of people we spoke to today found out about his death as they were leaving work, and seeing this marque. and for people here, his sit sit brought a bit of hope. a lot of people remember him riding by is pointing at the apollo theater. he just mentioned how his visit game hope. people just appreciated him making the stop, when he could have stop sod many other places. so certainly sadness, and a lot of fond memories coming from the people that were here those years ago. so jonathan -- what else is expected -- are there any events expected to happen at the apollo tonight? >> well, not tonight, like i said -- you just have started here. people are finally just stopping by, many people sharing memory as lot of people have stopped by to speak to us, and say i remember back in 1990 that we were standing -- we were here on top of the marque. some people remember being -- really at this point no sort of planned memorial, or anything, if you will, just a lot of people here sharing fond mem
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 7:30pm EST
long long time. and you remember when mr. mandela came here. >> i do. i remember it was a day of joy for those of us that were here, we felt very very proud. i was standing on top of the apollo marque. and the motorcade was bringing mr. mandela up. i remember having binoculars in my hand, it really felt good. for a lot of us here it gave us a sense of hope, that finally something positive was being done in the world. that relates to us. i know some guys that got their life together just by nelson mandela visiting. they felt this sense of i have to get myself together, time is wasting. let me do my thing. and i think it was fitting that he came to harlem. where he saw his people. it was almost like a little reunion. nothing but blackness, he saw his people, felt good, gave some positive messages. he was at riverside church. it was a wonderful time. >> and only fitting that y'all put this marque up tonight in memory of nelson mandela, because when he was here, that marque was such a big part of his visit as well. >> that's true. when he came in 1990, he had just gotten out of priso
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00pm EST
any white house for the first time. >> mr. mandela in the eyes of million around the world you stand against apartheid, against a system that bases the rights and freedoms of citizenship on the basis of one's skin. that is repugnant to the ideals we in america hold so dear. >> reporter: he calls mandela the man who enbodies the hope of millions, and said apartheid must end. >> to receive the support of any government is in our situation something of enormous importance, but to receive the support of the government of the united states of america, the leader of the world is something beyond words. >> reporter: this support helped mandela politically. >> and defend the constitution of the united states. >> reporter: but when bill clinton was elected the relationship grew personal. mandela made numerous trips to the u.s. including soon after his election as president of south africa. and president clinton traveled to south africa and visited the jail cell mandela called home. >> he is a ferociously loyal friend. >> reporter: mandela stuck by his american counterpart. >> we have often sa
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 9:00pm EST
. i had the privilege to cook mr. mande mandela's first meal f captivity. ♪ >>> googood evening and thank yu for joining us i'm expwroz. joie chen. >>> but it was also designed to send a message t that the nation was serious about it's war on drugs. in the year since ho how howevey have come together to criticize the guidelines which limit judges gues discretion in handit sensentences. >> prosecutors can strong arm defendants into plea deals. a young man received a sentence that eastern even a judge call. >> 23 years eatio ago weldon waa father of two bhoi bhois boys aa budding record label. >> he was a total joke jokester. >> this is weldon's sister. inafge left he was also a smalle marijuana dealer. trans actions that let him down to this place the fed penitentiary where he has been incarcerated for a debl decade w rchl. >> while we talkin angela called for prison and talked about what led him there. i was young and dumb and it was a big mistake. >> a mistake that owe i e he isg dearly for. >> one of my childhood friends was arrested and he was works as an informant. >> he sold hi
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 6:00am EST
with us, we are so grateful, and mr. mandela our father was in prison for 27 years. we are so grateful for the world and we are celebrating but the mediva rest in peace. >> thank you, sir, this is has been happening all day by the way, this is what the spirit of the event is. you were saying this is a dichotomy saying he fought for freedom and we needed democracy and freedom and got that but dot, dot, dot they still struggle here. >> i was speaking to a woman on the plane coming over here and she said mandela sold us out and i said what do you mean, he sold some of the white people out. you have an interesting remembrance of his legacy and some people are celebrating it and you see most of the nation is and sometimes they say remember and sometimes the jury is not sold on the legacy. >> one thing i heard from blacks and whites today is what south africa didn't have is a civil war and didn't have that significant blood shed and didn't have the call for revenge and in the new anc there are members and some younger who still want that, they want to take property back from whites in countr
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 11:00pm EST
part of the visit. it said welcome home mr and mrs nelson mandela. one of the people who remembered that was the historian, mr billy mitchell. we talked about what that day was like in his memory. >> he was fully aware that all the people from civil rights fighters and to have his preps here, it meant a lot to all of us coming up out of problems. we were going through housing, education, things that of nature. his presence made us feel good, that there is hope. if this man could spend it that much time in prison and never gave in, so, of course, that would be reflected in the community that he was visiting. we were so positive by him being here, that there's nothing we can't do. >> tonight we have seen a lot of people stopping buy to share stories along each other. a few gathering under the apollo marquee. people have brought pictures by. a lot of pictures sharing memories of that day. so many people came by to see him. >> thank you very much. we are doing to take a break, but we'll look at nelson mandela's fight against apartheid coming up. conversation . >> i have fought against w
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 2:00pm EST
privately he long lobbied for mandela's release. >> i submitted a memorandum, due to the effect that mr. mandela ought to be released that we're bringing a bigger martyr of him every day he stays in prison, and that his international aclaim and status would be growing to an extent that we would not be able to hand it will any more. unfortunately, it continued on. >> here we have a man 27 years in prison. the day he was released he displayed the acumen and attitude of an american who has been a president before. amazing. amazing what insight he had into the minds of people. and for that matter into world affairs. >> and central to the success of the negotiation process that led to a peaceful transfer of power was mandela's insistence that there need be no losers. that all could read. >> we handed over power. but we were not capitulating. you do not capitulate and surrender when you do the right thing. you liberate yourself. that's what we did. it was not a capitulation. it was liberation. >> reporter: and the what month says he was liberated quotes from a statement that nelson mandela ma
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 5:00am EST
were pinning their homes s on mr. mandela to come up with a solution zplorchlt. >> yoa. >> you mentioned the white dogs and red dogs. that was tribal. that deabl de detribalzation. that was a gift by mandela. it difficul divided the citizens country. it was so-called black on black violence. mandela was not shy to go directly or call president to say "stop your nonsense" or else i won't have power to continue to protect you in this miss. >> through for joinin -- thank n joining us. this more than anything else those the degree to which nelson mandela continues in death to unite people as he did in life. back to you, david. >> mike, thank you very much indead. transnational, transcontinental, nelson mandela. a move that straddled all of south africa. >>> we are going to get news out of sudan. the vice president has resigned as part of a ca cabinet reshuff. he was the main negotiator in the pease peace agreement that d 1220 years of civil war in 2005. he denied there was any rift with his deputy. we have more from the sudanese capital. what has happened is a senior generalwho is
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 11:00pm EST
thousands and thousands of people i that lined auburn aven. that was a very sad occasion. when mr. mandela came to atlanta it was a happy joyous occasion for people of atlanta and really certainly for people of our nation and around the world. >> how do you cope while everyone else is mourning? >> i think what we are sad about is the loss at the same token the confr contribution to the ws so incredible. he is now in a better place as we see in the christian tradition. he has gone home to rest with god. he has paid far more duce t duer world community than the average individual would be able to. and for that we are so thankful for this dignified leadership of nelson mandela. >> talk about the similar traits you see between your father and nelson mandela. >> i would say if we talked about various traits of nelson mandela and martin luther king jr. they both unrelenting. >> my dad was unrelenting and mr. mandela was unrelenting for his fight for justice and there are par parallels in those particular areas my dad used his voice to represent the poor and oppressed. president mandela used his voice
Al Jazeera America
Dec 5, 2013 10:00pm EST
life and legacy of nelson mandela. >> it was more than 20 years ago that mr nelson mandela visited atlan atlan atlanda -- atlant ageorgia and paid his respects. robert ray is at the historic site. >> we have a special privilege, al jazeera america does to be at the king site at downtown atlanta where martin luther king and his wife are buried behind me. june 27th, 1990, nelson mandela at the tail end of his american tour stopped here in atlanta. some of the first things he said when he got off the plane is it reminded him because of his home town of south africa, because of the landscape and warmth. it was a hot day. it was a whirl wind tour around the state of georgia, as he was escorted in a bulletproof limousine and brought out at three locations, morehouse college being one, where he was made an honorary morehouse man. after that, as you can see, the cameraman can zoom in, he was brought to this site where martin luther king is buried. nelson mandela lay a wreath. he was with his wife. he was put back into his limousine, stepped into the camera and brought to georgia tech's foo
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 10:00pm EST
public support for mr. mandela and the organization and the public content and to have that public support that would out weigh the notion that they were. >> he himself said he didn't want to be known as a saint sai. if we go too far in bea beatifyg him that the message will be lost. we always have to be concerned about that because there is a tendency when we deal with sound soundbites. it gives an image of a person. i think it's important to highlight his real attributes of leadership and his his personality and personal attributes as a personality of south africa. he never waivered on the notion that he was a symbol of oppressed people. >> right. and on that point. on the point of leadership, ambassador, a final question to you. you saw it. you were an an ambassador of gim zimbabwe. because of the way he governed south africa. you see a different south africa than what happened to zimbabwe there. mandela's leadership was tremendously important. >> enormously important. after 27 years in prison most of which was in solitary confinement on robin island, nelson mandela had every ri
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 9:00pm EST
worked in the cape town hotel. >> i was there at the right time. i had the privilege to cook mr nelson mandela's first meal out of imprisonment. they were there to discuss negotiations for his relief. >> 3 o'clock in the afternoon there was a lot of strange characters with weapons, checking you out, making sure that the food that your people taste the food. >> the meal itself was simple. the south african version with mixed berries. >> what's it like for you to create this? >> this is the most important meal i have cooked in my life. it shows freedom, it shows forgiveness and for me it's an emotional and special meal and day for me. >> once the food had gone out marquets said he was able to sneak a peak. >> i had a chance to get out and look and show him. he looks very relaxed. same demeanour, same beautiful smile that he had and forgiving. that is the picture that i saw and the forgiveness in his eyes. >> simply but special. >> simply meal, permanent inference. >> so it was just, you know, an unbelievable experience. once every century you'll see a man like nelson mandela who can chan
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 1:00pm EST
memorializing nelson mandela from the united states.o cf1 o >> right. mr. don twitter writes in . . . elsewhere prince tweets in . . . so we need to remember that also people are saying. >> there is one more place i want to take you to see where the trending hashtags are and the instagrams as well. have a look at this. ♪ >> what was basically done in the last couple of minutes is have been curecurerating for you. and my final go-to place is the al jazeera blog spot. live blogging from all of the news coverage that we're doing here. that's a look at the social media impact of the death of nelson mandela. >>> the death of nelson mandela has touched communities all around the world. in the uk ordinary people are remembering the impact he had on their lives. >> we just saw a picture from outside south africa house on twitter, and that's because many of the anti-apartheid cers fled to london, and it was an issue at the heart of the political awakening of a generation. >> while hundreds have been gathering outside south africa house here in london, site of so many protests in the '7
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 4:00am EST
cause passionately. i believe mr nelson mandela had a lot to do with that. >> you met him three times. >> briefly on three occasions, once in london, once at a little school at the start of my professional career, and once 10 years ago on his 85 years at at a university where they celebrated his birthday. all threes times, you cannot help but know you are in the presence of something very unique. >> it's extraordinary. >> it's more than power, more than charisma. it's a sense of - sounds almost idiotic or inane to say it. it's a sense of a great love emanating from him. the spirit. he was a great spirit. >> talking of being great spirits and how this is playing out and we have had - it will be - by the time he's buried it will be 10 days after he died. he'll go to qunu, where he grew up. the libyan leader has just arrived at the stadium. how do you think it will play out between the old traditional values and current values, different cultures. how will that play out during the funeral. >> i think a lot of what is happening in the 10 day period leading to the burial is meant to be pub
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 6:00am EST
china. >> the official mourning of nelson mandela has begun. president obama and mrs. obama will attend the furniture on tuesday. it's part of a series of events planned to honour the leader. >> i'm john henry smith, we'll look on a championship saturday in college football. the day that stood up for d.c. s. >> al jazeera continues in 2.5 minutes. i'm morgan radford. i'll be back with all the top stories. >> troops on the ground. hundreds of french troops sent to the central african republic trying to restore order. anti-government protesters in the ukraine call for a million-man march trying to get rid of the government. in a day of mourning nelson mandela's ex-wife attended a church service to pay tribe ute to a government. gold snap across the city - smart lander at a stand still. freezing rain and heavy snow - cold snap. >> good morning, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm morgan radford, live in new york city. the french president issued a veiled warning to the president of the central african republic, francis hollande saying it will be tough to keep him in place given the v
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 12:00am EST
bit of time, but we succeeded. >> was nelson mandela forceful in that record? >> very much so. he and mr sulu were great leaders. sosulo was a father-figure. they were a different type of figures. >> if sosulo was the father, what would nelson mandela be? >> the elder brother. >> the elder brother, in captivity, relevant but fine. challenging procedure. qualities that helped him become the president of south africa. how will his fellow prisoner remember him? >> i'd say courageous, selfless with tremendous political foresight. prepared to sacrifices everything for the cause of the people, all the oppressed people in this country. he had tremendous forsite not only because of south africa. a caring and compassionate person. he would put his personal confirms in the backburner, when he sees his fellow prisoner. there would be tensions, bankings -- bannings and all that. he never that that interfere with his responsibilities towards us. he went through everything. one characteristic of many that matured while he suffered the years of hardship on the island. they set out to break him. what
Al Jazeera America
Dec 10, 2013 12:00am EST
mandela will be held. these are live pictures now. more than 100 world leaders plan to attend including president obama and his wife mrs. obama. the stadium holds 90,000 people but many more are expected to show up. al jazeera america will hold extended coverage, starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern, 1:00 a.m. pacific. >>> winter weather advisors posted from arkansas to maine. several people have died in storm related traffic accidents. thousands of flights have been cancelled nationwide. the. >>> the standoff continues in ukraine where opposition, security troops raided opposition headquarters monday. ever since the president vetoed a trade deal with europe in exchange for closer ties with russia. that's it, remember you can get more on the news at aljazeera.com. >> on america tonight: a medical break through, a treatment that could be critical to the future of many patients in the fight against cancer. >> it's not a drug. it's actually engineered cells. they are growing within the patient. they are attacking the cancer wherever it is. >> also tonight, veterans serving again. how th
Al Jazeera America
Dec 9, 2013 11:00pm EST
and the gates to the stadium where the official memorial for nelson mandela will be held. these are live pictures now. more than 100 world leaders plan to attend including president obama and his wife mrs. obama. the stadium holds 90,000 people but many more are expected to show up. al jazeera america will hold extended coverage, starting at 4:00 a.m. eastern, 1:00 a.m. pacific. >>> winter weather advisors
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 4:00pm EST
though it was nelson mandela, and it fell to me to go to him when he landed in his helicopter to say, mr. president, i'm afraid you'll have to experience a little bit of apartheid here. the outcome was very important. when he talked to the ira, he told them that if they wanted to get in to the peace process in a serious way they would have to declare a permanent cease-fire and to commit themselves to the non-use of violence. telling them this is what you must do. an all these years if you have used violence. the time has come to stop. then when he went to the unionist parties, he had a different message. he said to them because he had been very well briefed, he said to them, you have two conditions you want the irasi sinn fein to agree to. one to cease violence and to-- >> i have to interrupt. i have been lulled into this story, and i have totally lost track of my time. and i have run out of time. i can't thank you enough for being on the program. you have told a fascinating story in a really compelling way. i apologize. i have flat run out of time. thank you and accept my apologies,
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 4:00pm EST
and find out as to what was really going on. he was told, "mr president, you don't have to worry. no one is in danger. the reason that red light goes on is because you should have finished speaking a long time ago." >> underlying the better life that nelson mandela made. >> i think it is a big thing for me, that nobody would have done for me. >> i think he played a role, especially for the young people of today. he made a sacrifice for where we are today. there's a lot of opportunities that came from what - from the decisions that he had made in the past. >> nelson mandela to me - i can say he's a hero because he died for the freedom we are living in now. >> there are so many people fighting for the democratic light. nelson mandela is not only for south africa now, he's for the whole world. he's recognised as a peacemaker, as somebody who has done a lot for his people. not only for black people, but for the whole nation and the globe. but it's not only the lives of the youths that nelson mandela changed. >> it's not only for the children. we were stopped and i remember we had a petro
Al Jazeera America
Dec 7, 2013 6:00am EST
funeral nelson mandela's family and the world will say goodbye to the first nobel peace prize laureate and will be attended by world leaders, the president, mrs. obama, david cameron and his wife. the final details of the state funeral have not properly been worked out. it is reported to be sunday 15th, but it's not guaranteed. that will be the day hes buried in his ancestral home. it's 450 miles since johannesburg. that is the site of the - of three of his children and close family members. it's in a place like this that nelson mandela. madeba, will lie in peace forever. >> that was al jazeera's john terrett reporting. >> delegates from iran, the u.s. and five other world powers are preparing to iron out the details of a deal to monitor iran's nuclear program. talks are set for geneva, focussing on when the talks will be held. diplomats hope a short-term deal will lead to a final settlement, calming fears of a nooek lure bomb. >> as world powers prepare to sit with iran. the door is opened to selling defense systems to u.s. allies. chuck hagel says that despite the deal with iran, the
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 12:00am EST
. >> the white house announced president obama and mrs. obama will attend the ceremony for nelson mandela on tuesday. it's part of a week of events to honour the south african leader. those are the headlines "america tonight" is next. check >> into this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm morgan radford with your headlines. a cold snap across much of the country is paralyzing travel on the road and in the air. several deaths have been linked to the icy weather which is bringing snow to the midwest, the family of a u.s. veteran released from custody is asking for privacy. merrill newman is spending his first day back after an 85-year-old was detained by allegedly commit iing crimes. france says hundreds more troops arrived in the south african republic to safehe
Al Jazeera America
Dec 8, 2013 1:00am EST
processed by the deadline. the white house says president and mrs. obama will attend a memorial service for nelson mandela on wednesday. those are the headlines. "consider this" is up next. fa heidi jo-cast heidi jo-castro agiegis >>> boots on the ground - hundreds of french troops sent to the central african republic to help stop the deadly violence. >> frozen solid - major american cities at a standstill as an ice storm drifts across the country. >> his spirit and yours - as a family we commit ourselves to uphold and be guided by the prepared to die for >> nelson mandela's family share their grief as the world mourns. president obama and the first lady will travel to south africa for nelson mandela's
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 6:00am EST
tragic news and reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man mr. mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. >> not surprisingly the film about nelson mandela's life is having huge crowds to the nation he inspired and the long walk to freedom is topping the box office after opening last week in south africa and covers his life from his childhood through the fight of apartheid and rise from prisoner to president. we have more globe reaction to the death of nelson mandela and we will take you inside the place mandela called a prison within a prison. the tiny jail cell where he spent decades that shaped his remarkable life. ♪ ad guests on all sides of the debate. and a host willing to ask the tough questions and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5pm et / 2pm pt only on al jazeera america . ♪ although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. in times of struggle for freedom and him, the respect of the world. >> reporter: the passing of nelson mandela is sen
Al Jazeera America
Dec 6, 2013 9:00am EST
conference in their midst, in their capitol city, and except for mr. mandela, i photographed him and talked to him and found him terribly relaxed. >> did his personality -- his potential come through to you on -- on film in those early days? >> well, he was terribly self disciplined and calm. and this surprised me in comparison with all of the other leaders, rushing around like chickens and terribly nervous about having serious problems at this conference. and then the second time i photographed him in in 1952 in his office in his law office he was then still working as a lawyer, and he had a law office in johannesberg, and again i asked him -- i was late for an appointment and due to traffic pms and i asked him if i could just -- he was about to leave -- if he could just hang on a minute and to photograph him and he totally stood still and posed for me, and then i -- i realized there was no -- >> we have to leave it. i'm terribly sorry. looking at your photographs and listening to you, a reminder of what a force of history he is. we appreciate you documenting that. . >> thank you ve
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